Father, help me to leave a great legacy for my children.
MEMORY VERSE: “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.” – Proverbs 13:22
2 Go unto the house of the Rechabites, and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the LORD, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.
3 Then I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah, the son of Habaziniah, and his brethren, and all his sons, and the whole house of the Rechabites;
4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of the sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah, a man of God, which was by the chamber of the princes, which was above the chamber of Maaseiah the son of Shallum, the keeper of the door:
5 And I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabites pots full of wine, and cups, and I said unto them, Drink ye wine.
6 But they said, We will drink no wine: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons forever:
7 Neither shall ye build house, nor sow seed, nor plant vineyard, nor have any: but all your days ye shall dwell in tents; that ye may live many days in the land where ye be strangers.
8 Thus have we obeyed the voice of Jonadab the son of Rechab our father in all that he hath charged us, to drink no wine all our days, we, our wives, our sons, nor our daughters;
9 Nor to build houses for us to dwell in: neither have we vineyard, nor field, nor seed:
10 But we have dwelt in tents, and have obeyed, and done according to all that Jonadab our father commanded us.
11 But it came to pass, when Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon came up into the land, that we said, Come, and let us go to Jerusalem for fear of the army of the Chaldeans, and for fear of the army of the Syrians: so we dwell at Jerusalem.
A legacy is defined as what we leave behind, to family, friends, colleagues, neighbours, communities. This includes material possessions, our history, belief systems and values (if adopted), business practices, name, reputation and teaching (if useful). It could also be defined as money or property bequeathed to another by will or something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor or from the past. Legacies are rare and special gifts, from one person to another, from one generation to the next.
As Christians, we should seek to leave a lasting legacy of godliness for those who come behind us. The fact is, most of what we do will not last; things we cherish will ultimately perish with the using” (Colossians 2:22). Unless we think seriously about the kind of legacy we are developing, it is likely we will leave nothing worth inheriting.
TEXT REVIEW: Jeremiah 35:2-11.
Prophet Jeremiah got the shock of his life when the Lord asked him to test the sons of Rechabites by offering them wine to drink. This finding was awesome, considering his personality as a Prophet of God.
Identify any five instructions which had formed the basis of the Rechabites attitudes from Jeremiah 35:5-10.
LESSON OUTLINE 1: HOW TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY
A. WHAT IS LEGACY?
i. What we leave behind for family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and Communities
ii. It could be defined as money or property or material, possession, history, belief system, values, names, reputation, teaching etc bequeathed to another by will or instruction.
iii. They are rare and special gifts from one person to another or from generation to generation.
iv. Most of the things we do will ultimately perish with the using and passage of time. Therefore, we should seriously consider and think on what legacy we are leaving behind.
v. The most important legacy is the one that has eternal value and that is the lasting legacy.
vi. Believer’s quality of life and service to the Lord is a good lasting legacy. Proverbs 1:8-9.
B. HOW TO LEAVE A LASTING LEGACY
i. Set up examples of character traits your children should develop. Be consistent with rules and consequences. 1 Timothy 4:12.
ii. Make sure your own choices reflect the teaching of Jesus and the legacy you hope to create. Job 36:10.
iii. Building your life and those whom you influence upon the eternal word or God. Proverbs 30:3-5.
iv. Encourage and inspire them. Hebrews 10:24-25.
v. Freely give and receive grace and forgiveness. Colossians 3:13.
vi. Winning souls to the Lord. Proverbs 11:30.
vii. Touching the lives of those younger, even much younger, than you with the wisdom the years have given you. Target some young people. Hebrews 13:16.
viii. Love your local church, and do everything in your power to make it a beacon of truth and blessing to your community.
ix. Maintaining godly character and conduct. Proverbs 22:1.
x. Give out of your time and be available to them.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: BENEFITS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF A GODLY LEGACY
A. The Following Are Some Of The Benefits Of Leaving A Lasting Legacy
i. It impacts the next generation.
ii. Great visions and passion not to die off.
iii. A way of providing for the next generation.
iv. Developing the next generation of leaders.
v. Having a legacy will make you a better leader. It will exert a positive impact on the way you plan and lead and how you communicate and the values you hold.
B. The Characteristics Of A Godly Legacy Include:
i. A positive legacy must be developed. It does not just happen.
ii. Must be worth inheriting.
iii. Legacy is not about celebrating your life or achievements, but maximizing the influence you can have in the lives of others so that you know your work for God is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58.
iv. Legacy is not about titles or positions (these do not “make” the leader), but credibility, influence, positive role modelling, passion and integrity.
v. Legacy is about others “buying into” our beliefs and values and following them when we are not around because what we leave behind has true worth.
vi. Pass on the best of yourself to those you lead. Set an example.
CLASS ACTIVITY 1 and 2: Teachers should allow each student to mention what legacy they intend to leave for their children.
SUMMARY: Leave a godly legacy for your children.
CONCLUSION: A godly legacy is preferable to a material legacy. Therefore, believers should work hard to leave a godly legacy behind.
EVALUATION: What is a legacy?
Why is a Godly legacy important?
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to leave a holy heritage for my children.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention ten (10) godly legacies which believers can leave behind for their children.
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